If you’ve got some things around your house that need to be fixed or are thinking about some minor remodeling, you might wonder who you should hire to do the job – a contractor or a handyman service. Before you can make that call, you need to understand what each of those titles really means and what kind of work they tend to be best suited for.
The general rule of thumb is that handyman services are good at helping you out with smaller jobs, but if you’ve got a moderate to large project that may require multiple professionals to be completed, you’re going to be a lot better off if you call in a Sacramento home remodeling contractor. While there are a number of very skilled handymen out there, contractors are licensed professionals who have been trained in a particular skill.
Check out this video to hear more about when you should use handymen and when you want to call in a contractor:
SACRAMENTO HOME REMODELING VIDEO TRANSCRIPT:
TITLE: What’s the Difference Between a Contractor and a Handyman?
ANGIE HICKS: When trying to determine who you should hire for a particular job, consider the task. If it’s a specialized trade, be sure you hire that tradesperson, like a plumber or an electrician, for example. If it’s little things that you could potentially do yourself, but you’re choosing not to, a handyman’s probably the right way to go.
SEAN MCGILL: Handyman services generally do smaller projects, such as home repairs or home maintenance needs. Contractors generally do larger jobs where it’s requiring multiple professional trades at the same job at the same time.
The most common requests are things such as home maintenance and small repairs, such as doing gutter cleanings and light fixtures and faucet fixture replacements. Other things can be, like, hanging blinds or pictures or small stuff like that.
Jobs like big electrical jobs or plumbing jobs would definitely be something to not let a handyman do unless they have the proper licensing for it. Other jobs would be, like, big machinery jobs where they’re doing heavy landscaping or concrete work. I’d probably stick with the professionals on those.
Kitchens are the most popular right now, and the kitchens we’re working on usually are very outdated. And the cabinets, the drywall, the Formica – everything we take out.
So if you’re thinking about doing any kind have financial investment in your home, the kitchen is where you get the biggest return. Over seventy-five percent is returned, dollar-for-dollar, when you sell. So things like stainless steel appliances, double ovens for cooking, granite countertops, hardwood floors, and updated cabinetry and hardware are very very important